Monday, December 31, 2012

{Review} Tarte Carried Away Collector's Set

Hello beauties! Happy New Year's Eve! I hope you all have a great & safe celebration! =)

I am here to bring you all a review (& swatches) of the Tarte Carried Away Collector's Set:
This travel set includes 8 mini lip glosses, 24 eyeshadows, a blush brush, a travel-sized mascara, a travel-sized blush, and a travel-sized setting powder.

I didn't save the box, but I think these are the Maracuja Glosses. These glosses are amazing! They remind me of the MAC Cremesheen Glasses only they're more pigmented and slightly sticky.

Swatches:

Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in "Adventurous" - a shimmery rose shade

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PROS
- great price
- super travel friendly -  I can just add a few things and I'd be good to go for a weekend getaway
- lip glosses are amazing

CONS
- some shadows are too powdery & non-pigmented

For me, the standouts of this set are the lipglosses and blush. The eyeshadows are mediocre and I don't really care for the mascara and setting powder.

This set gets an OK from me, but that's pretty much it. It's not something someone should to spend a ridiculous amount of money on, on ebay... The truth is I've had better... If you're still looking for a great limited edition holiday set, I recommend LORAC's Eye Candy Full Face Collection (link to my review).

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Whitening Lightning, LUSH, BBW, & Drugstore Haul

Hey beauties! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! I think I've officially caught up with all of my hauls after this post.

From Whitening Lightning:
Zero White Whitening Pen
I don't remember the price I paid for these, but I got them for a very good price... that much, I'm sure. The only problem is I'm super lazy to follow through with them, so I can't do a proper review just yet (as easy as they are to use).

From LUSH:
Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter
This is probably the only product that I like from LUSH. It keeps my elbows moisturized.

From Bath & Body Works:
Candles
- Meet Me In Tahiti
- Paris Daydream
They smell so good!

Hand Creams
- Vanilla Bean Noel (x2)
- Twisted Peppermint
- Winter Candy Apple

Cashmere Glow Fine Fragrance Mist
I'm not into body sprays, but this smells amazing!

From Walgreens:
- Pond's Cold Cream
- Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On
- Simple Soothing Eye Balm
- Covergirl Clump Crusher mascara

And that would be it for my haul. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Glossybox ~ December, 2012

It seems like yesterday when I posted November's Glossybox. It's crazy how fast time flies! Here are the things I received in this month's Glossybox:

The theme for December is Glamour, Glitz & Gloss.

Here at GLOSSYBOX, we take the holidays seriously... it's the season of soirees filled with the style and sparkle! Each of us here has our own way to get prepped for a night on the town, and this box has some of our December essentials. Wearing your hair up in an undone chignon, tousled and wavy or playful braided? A protective spray will keep it looking glamorous and shiny, all night long. Open toe shoes, come snow or sleet? Add a touch of sparkle with a glitzy polish. Showing some skin in a barely there party dress? A nurturing bath oil with  keep you glossy and glowing with a hint of a sensuous scent. For the finishing touch, you'll find our holiday treat to you - a stylish gift from our friends at Jewel Mint.

This luxurious, varied collection of favorites is your secret arsenal to keep it glamorous, glitzy and glossy this holiday party season.

DENISE RICHARDS VOLUME EXTEND BY CHRISTOPHE | Finishing Spray ($20/10 oz)
Tested and approved by celebrity hair stylist Christophe, this gentle yet firm finishing spray provides a touchable hold all day long without build up. A proprietary blend of five unique ingredients maximizes volume, thickness, and shine. Paraben and sulphate free.

Sample Size: 1.5 fl oz
Value: $3

HEARTLAND FRAGRANCE CO | Bath Salts ($10/30 oz)
Indulge in healing aromatherapy with these 100% pure Epsom bath salts. Treat yourself to a full body boost with these herb-infused accents in your bathing routine. Use weekly to dramatically reduce tension and refresh your skin. 

Sample Size: 5.5 oz
Value: $1.83

ZOYA | Nail Lacquers - Electra ($8/.5 oz)
These uniquely ornate nail lacquers will transform your nails into jewels. The long-wearing and toxin-free formula will keep you nails sparkling all season, and looking their glossy-best. 

Sample Size: .5 fl
Value: $8

PLEATS PLEASE BY ISSEY MIYAKE | Eau de Toilette ($92/3.4 oz)
Exclusive USA online launch partner. A fashion forward fragrance inspired by world renowned designer Issey Miyake's iconic Pleats Please ready-to-wear line. Enjoy the effervescent, sensual, and addictive notes which embody the essence of joy, feminity, and elegance.

Sample Size: .03 fl oz
Value: $.81

WELLA | Velvet Amplifier ($16/1.9 oz)
Prepare your hair for virtually any look with this velvety soft styling primer. This concentrated serum improves manageability and amplifies control for smooth, responsive styling.

Sample Size: .05 oz
Value: $.42

MARK | Lipclick Luxe Lipstick in m.powerment petal ($12/.106 oz)
This limited edition creamy rose lipstick not only is luminous hydrating but was developed to raise awareness for a powerful women's cause. Apply, close, and then "click" with the magnetic metallic pink case that "clicks" every time you close it.

Sample Size: Full Size
Value: $12

JEWELMINT | Jewelry, as a special gift this Holiday Season... (Various Styles/$29.99)
Inspired by the runway, vintage jewelry and on-trend celebrity style, jewelmint.com offers a versatile jewelry collection each month and recommends pieces that match your personal style.

Sample Size: Full Size
Value: $30

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Sephora Haul

Merry Christmas, beauties! I hope you are all having an amazing one! =) I wanted to catch up on some posts, so I figured a haul would be the best way to go. Here are the things I've accumulated in the past few weeks:

Sephora Liquid Dispenser & Sephora by OPI nail polish remover
The nail polish remover is seriously the best one I've ever used! It has a light lavender scent, but isn't noticeable after a few minutes of removal. Other nail polish removers give me a headache.

Tarte Baby it's Bold Outside Holiday Set
I haven't had a chance to try this set yet.

Sephora Ribbon Hair Ties

Ciate Caviar Mini Bar
I was a little disappointed with the caviar pearls, but the nail polishes are amazing!

Julep Winter Collection 2012
Gorgeous set!

Illamasqua Nail Varnish - Viridian

And that would be it for my haul. Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

All I Want For Christmas & Holly Jolly Holiday Tag


Why hello there. I hope you are all healthy and well! Due to the fact that these are really late, I figured I'd combine two tags together! Thank you Ms. Christine (starryeyedbeauty) for tagging me! =)

All I Want For Christmas Tag
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1. What was the best present you received as a child?
This is going to sound really silly, but Power Ranger (Yellow) gloves! I was so into that show!

2. What's at the top of your wish list this year?
That's a hard one because I have no idea. I usually have a "wants" list throughout the year, but the feeling usually fades away at the end of the year… so I don't know!

3. Do you have a funny Christmas tradition?
We don't have any funny Christmas traditions, but we celebrate Christmas Eve, not Christmas (although we open presents at midnight on Christmas day).

4. What are your 3 Christmas party beauty essentials?
Gold lids, cat eye liner, & festive colored nail polish (it's green this year).

5. What's your favorite Christmas movie?
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

6. Are you a giver or a receiver?
Both, but I lean more on the giver side. I love, love, love to wrap gifts!

7. Who will you be kissing under the mistletoe this year?
My husband. =)

Holly Jolly Holiday Tag
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1. Do you start your Christmas shopping on Black Friday or wait until the last minute?
I usually start shopping on Black Friday weekend. I never go out on Black Friday because I hate going to super crowded areas… I get super irritated easily, so I always try to avoid that.

2. If you could be in any Christmas movie what would it be?
How the Grinch Stole Christmas… I absolutely love this movie!

3. Which do you like better: Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
My husband's family celebrate Christmas Eve, so I'd go with that.

4. When does your family put up your Christmas tree and who decorates it?
Beginning of December and it's usually my mother-in-law & sister-in-law.

5. White lights or colored lights?
White lights.

6. Are you guilty of peeking at your presents or do you like the surprise?
I like the surprise, but I admit I know what I'm getting whenever someone asks my husband what I want for Christmas (because he would ask me).

7. Would you rather live in a gingerbread house or in Santa's Workshop?
Santa's Workshop. I'd eat the gingerbread house. lol.

8. Tell us your Christmas Eve traditions!
We always have a huge family dinner (with over 20 people usually). We open presents at midnight.

9. If you could be under the mistletoe with anyone, who would it be?
My hubbie! Although I admit I've never seen a mistletoe in real life.

10. What tops your tree?
A star. My mother-in-law usually does it.

11. Can you name the 12 days of Christmas?
Nope.

12. Have you ever gone Christmas caroling?
No

13. Do you countdown to Christmas? If so, how many days are left?
No, but it's already so close to Christmas!

14. What are some foods and treats you can count on having every holiday season?
Besides candy canes, my mother-in-law mashed potatoes & gravy!

15. How has Christmas kept its magic for you as you've grown older?
I didn't celebrate Christmas growing up and it wasn't until I celebrated Christmas with my husband (boyfriend at the time) and his family 6 years ago was when it became a big thing.

If you don't mind doing this a little late (which I apologize for, btw), I tag...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

{Swatches} Urban Decay - The Vice Palette

Hi All! I'm so sorry for the lack of posts. I will be finished with school early next week, so I will be more posts lined up then!

A while ago, I promised to post some swatches of the Urban Decay Vice Palette. I know it took a while, but here it is anyway:
A sophisticated palette all about eye shadow featuring 20 new Urban Decay shades, created exclusively for this collection.

The colors are gorgeous! 

Desperation, Muse, Junkie, Chaos 

Swatches:

Jagged, Blitz, Penny Lane, Occupy, Unhinged, Black Market

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Provocateur, Rapture, Nevermind, Echo Beach

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Vice, Noise, Armor, Anonymous, Freebird, Laced

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Lace (furthest right) makes a beautiful blush!

UD never disappoints! These eyeshadows are superb & aside from their Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows, this is my favorite colorful eyeshadow palette. If you're into colors or want to branch out into different colors, definitely give this palette a shot!

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Mini Holiday Giveaway

Hey all! I decided to do a mini-giveaway for the holidays. I know it's not much, but it's the thought that counts? =)

Here they are:
- a sample of Arganics by NuMe Argan Oil
- Benefit BAD gal lash (deluxe sample)- this is brand new; it came with a set I bought a while back, so it didn't come in a box... it's never been opened!
- Burt's Bees lip balm.

- 4 cute blank cards

- some samples

Now onto the rules:
1. You must be a follower through GFC.
2. If you are under 18, please ask your parents' permission for releasing your address.
3. Comment below telling me what you are looking forward to most this holiday season.
4. Use the widget below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Failure to follow instructions will result in disqualification.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Glossybox ~ November, 2012

Hi there! I hope life is treating you all well. I received my Glossybox sometime last week and figured I'd share even though I'm a bit late. Sorry guys! I've been so busy with my papers, I haven't had time to log in! The semester is almost over and hopefully by then, I'll be able to be more active (at least until Spring semester starts!).

The theme for November is 'Tis The Season to be Glossy

Celebrate and share the experience of GLOSSYBOX this holiday by giving the gift of luxury! With the festive season of soirees upon us, get gorgeous with our top beauty picks to make you a standout among the crowd of little black dresses. Whether you're attending the office fete, family gathering or holiday party, the latest collection of products from soothing to hydrating to colorful and fragrant, will keep you looking fabulous form day to night.

NUME STYLE | Arganics by NuMe Argan Oil ($59/4oz)
A perfect compliment to any hair and skin regiment, this Argan Oil is rich in Vitamin E and other beneficial fatty acids. Non-greasy and specially formulated for rapid penetration, the oil brings a whole new level of shine and luster to even the most ravaged and damaged hair and skin.

Sample Size: .34 oz
Sample Value: $5.02

LIRAC | Gommage Sensoriel  ($30/3.5oz)
This unique gel-oil texture scrub transforms into a milk upon contact with damp skin for skin-smoothing, toning, and invigorating exfoliation. A mix of there white flower extracts and four precious botanical oils regenerate and soften the skin.

Sample Size: 1.1 oz
Sample Value: $9.43

SKIN&CO ROMA | Truffle Serum: Hydro-Toning Day Face Serum ($36/1.01oz)
Give your face a boost and slow down the signs of aging using this Italian serum infused with Peptides, pure extracts of Tuber Melanosporum and Hyaluronic Acid. Use daily for a brighter, more toned skin. 

Sample Size: .5 oz
Sample Value: $17.82

PERFUMIES | Solid Perfume Stick ($7/.07oz)
A perfect travel companion, these slender and elegant solid perfume sticks allow you to touch up your fragrance on the go. These convenient perfume sticks have an all natural base, no preservatives, paraben-free and are never tested on animals.

Sample Size: Full Size
Sample Value: $7

ILLAMASQUA | Lip & Eye Medium Pencil ($20/.05oz)
Designed to glide over your skin and create a long-lasting high pigmented finish, this creamy pencil lets you write a different story with every look. Use it to create sultry eyes and sensuous lips. 

Sample Size: .035 oz
Sample Value: $14

...and just in case anyone is interested:

And that would be it for this month's box! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!